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Powerful quakes strike off Fiji, Tonga, but no tsunami risk — monitor

Inquirer Breaking News - 31 min 47 sec ago
WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Sunday shortly after another hit off Tonga but there was no threat of a tsunami, US seismologists said.   The offshore quake occurred at 9:28 am (2128 GMT Saturday), centered around 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of the Fijian island of Ndoi at a depth of 594 km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on its website.   It came 20 minutes after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 124 kilometers northwest of Tonga.   The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said neither quake posed a tsunami threat.   In its preliminary impact assessment, the USGS said there wa...

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Philippines at UN tells world not to interfere

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 20 min ago
UNITED NATIONS, United States --- The Philippines' foreign secretary on Saturday pushed back against criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, telling the United Nations not to interfere.   "We urge everyone to allow us to deal with out domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals, without undue interference," Perfecto Yasay told the UN General Assembly.   There has been growing international alarm over the rising death toll from Duterte's crackdown on crime, with human rights groups saying that security forces are engaging in extrajudicial killings.   READ:Duterte hits 'stupid' UN criticism of PH anti-drug campaign|   ...

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Smartmatic still has P1B coming

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 20 min ago
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) still owes Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) about P1 billion for the lease of optical mark reader machines and the transmission of the poll results last May. Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said the foreign-based automated elections service provider, however, still had to submit certain requirements for them to collect payment. "They still have to submit some more documents and other requirements to us," Bautista told reporters Friday. Smartmatic won the P 7.9-billion contract to lease 93,977 OMR machines to the Comelec for the May 2016 national and local elections. The same service provider also won the contract worth P 558 mi...

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Int’l bank heist, big telecoms deal win it for PDI biz

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
  Two reportersof the Philippine Daily Inquirer's business section were named by the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (Ejap) as the best in their fields, while a third was recognized for his role in breaking the story of the $81-million Bangladesh bank heist earlier this year. Named 2016's best reporter for coverage of public finance was Ben Arnold de Vera, while best reporter for coverage of telecommunications and transport sector issues was Miguel Camus. De Vera covers banking and finance for the Inquirer, while Camus was noted for his scoop of the $70-billion acquisition of Globe Telecom and PLDT of the telecommunications business of San Miguel Cor...

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Gov’t saved P6B in truck deal–supplier

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 27 min ago
CustomsCommissioner Nicanor Faeldon may have been misled on the alleged undervaluation of 469 fire trucks worth P2.57 billion from China because the government was able to save P6 billion from the transaction. The joint venture of Kolonwel Trading and Hubei Jiangnan Special Automobile Co. Ltd., the supplier of the fire trucks, told the Inquirer it would in fact file for reimbursement of the P217 million in total taxes and duties it paid through the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). Lawyer Mark Andrew Santiago, counsel for the joint venture, said the petition for reimbursement with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), through the BFP as the consignee and implementing agency, was based on Joi...

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Despite tiff, Chinese tourists make cruise stop at Boracay

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 29 min ago
ILOILO CITY---Ati-atihan dancers with their rhythmic drumming welcomed more than 2,700 Chinese tourists and crew of a cruise ship that stopped over briefly on Boracay yesterday. The passengers and crew of the MS Legend of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, stayed on the world-famous resort island about seven hours before departing for Xiamen City in China, according to Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT) Western Visayas director. The Legend of the Seas was the first cruise ship to visit the Philippines since President Duterte took office on July 1. It was also the first visit of a big Chinese tour group since a United Nations arbitral tribunal ruled in July that...

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De Lima on UN probe don’ts: Censorship

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 31 min ago
  Embattled Sen. Leila de Lima scored the government on Saturday for imposing restrictions on the United Nations and other investigators from international bodies it plans to invite to check on President Duterte's war on drugs that has left over 3,000 suspects dead so far. De Lima said the administration's conditions betrayed the intent of what are supposed to be independent investigations into the killings. She said the Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) restrictions were tantamount to "censorship and control." "While it is within the prerogative of the Philippine government as the host country, through the DFA, to set reasonable parameters for the visit of the UN sp...

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Senators try again to ban firecrackers

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 33 min ago
  Will the measure to enforce a nationwide ban on firecrackers fly this time or fizzle out anew? Several senators have revived the proposal as a public health measure, hoping to finally get support under a president who successfully banned firecrackers in Davao City when he was its mayor. In separate proposals, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian called for a halt to the use of firecrackers across the country, seeking to make nationwide the ban President Duterte's imposed in his home city in 2001. Sen. Nancy Binay also revived her 2013 proposal to outlaw the act of selling or giving children 15 years and under access to any and all ki...

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‘Being Ombudsman better than justice on high court’

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 36 min ago
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales prefers her current job to her previous one, she admitted on Thursday. In a GMA News TV interview, Morales recounted her experiences dealing with colleagues in her previous position of associate justice on the Supreme Court (SC), where she experienced disappointment whenever her draft decisions did not end up prevailing in the vote. Asked if she enjoyed heading the Office of the Ombudsman, she said: "I do. I'm only one [Ombudsman], in the Supreme Court there are fifteen of you." In the high court, a case is typically assigned to a member in charge, who prepares a draft of the decision. In some cases, the draft gets outvoted by the other justices...

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October is Indigenous Peoples month

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 38 min ago
The Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging schools nationwide to observe National Indigenous Peoples (IP) month in October and teach students respect for human rights and cultural diversity. In a memorandum, Education Secretary Leonor Briones instructed all department offices and schools to hold activities from Oct. 1 to 31 that promote awareness and appreciation of the indigenous peoples' heritage and history. She noted that they form an integral part of the country's heritage and history but are "often neglected." Presidential Decree 1906 declares every October National Indigenous Peoples Month based on the constitutional mandate of recognizing and protecting the rights ...

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Witnesses won’t lose jobs

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 40 min ago
  Incumbent government officials who admit to delivering bribes allegedly to then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima are in no danger of losing their jobs. Public Attorney's Office Chief Persida Rueda Acosta said National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Rafael Z. Ragos and NBI agent Jovencio P. Ablen Jr. would continue in their jobs after being granted legal immunity from Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for their appearance at last week's House committee on justice probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison. "Any case to be filed against Ragos or Ablen would be junked immediately because of their immunity under the Witness Protection Security a...

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Suspected drug pusher killed, 8 arrested in Muntinlupa, Las Piñas

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 45 min ago
A suspected drug pusher was killed and eight others were arrested in separate antidrug operations in Muntinlupa and Las Pias cities. Melchor Guinto was killed in a shootout with operatives of the Southern Police District's anti-illegal drugs unit at his residence in Purok 7C, Ilaya Street, in Muntinlupa, at 4 a.m. Saturday, according to case investigator SPO1 Ronnie Tamondong. Guinto's live-in partner, Leilani Pinor, who also transacted with the police, was arrested for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act. The scene of crime operatives recovered a fired cartridge of .45-cal. pistol, a .38-cal. revolver with five live ammunitions, a sachet of suspected "shabu" and a weighing sca...

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Manila cop trying to pacify quarreling neighbors ended up being killed

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 46 min ago
A 27-year-old Manila policeman who was only trying to pacify his quarreling neighbors ended up being shot dead by one of them early Saturday. Before he was killed, PO1 Kirk Alwyn Gonzales was sleeping at his rented room on Balagtas Street, Malate, when another neighbor woke him up and sought his help around2:30 a.m.about a commotion outside. Gonzales, an antidrug operative who reported to the Manila Police District's Malate station, went out and found a man and a woman having a fight, according to his station commander, Supt. Romeo Odrada. Gonzales managed to calm down Girly Espinosa Espiritu, 33, and her former live-in partner Eli Matthan Sumampong, 37, and prevented "a physica...

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QCPD reaches 100th mark of drug suspects killed

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 49 min ago
Exactly 100 drug suspects have been killed in police operations in Quezon City since the Duterte administration launched 12 weeks ago its bloody and relentless campaign against the illegal narcotics trade.   The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) reached on Saturday the hundredth mark of drug suspects killed with the death of Marco Cruz, Royce Alfred Marcelino and Ariel Mabitag, who allegedly fought it off with authorities following a drug bust operation along Area 4, Veterans Village in Barangay Bagong Silangan.   Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, the QCPD chief, said that at around 12:50 a.m. Saturday, members of the Batasan police station's anti-illegal drugs group...

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SAP aims to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption in Southeast Asia

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 53 min ago
  SAP announced recently the availability of the SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud offering in the Philippines aimed at providing customers with technology that can help organizations become agile digital enterprises. SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud can now provide customers here in the Philippines an agile and secure deployment option to benefit from SAP's revolutionary in-memory platform---SAP Hana in a private, fully managed cloud.   Customers leveraging the innovative offering will be able to unleash next-generation applications, and transform decision-making to support their organizations' efforts to go digital.   Mission critical applications in the cloud &nb...

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Fr. Tritz: He served the last, the least, the lost

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 4 min ago
  Nine days after Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ, passed away on Sept. 10, a memorandum of agreement was signed between Erda Tech Foundation and First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP), represented by its founder and chair emeritus, Oscar M. Lopez. Father Tritz was scheduled to be present at the signing of the agreement that would turn 5 hectares of land in Sto. Tomas, Batangas province, into the future home of Tech-Voc Senior High School, but the Lord had already called him home.   The senior high school that now bears the name of Father Tritz will, however, continue the legacy of this priest who was born in France in 1914, but aspired to be a missionary in China as a 19-ye...

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Converge ICT offers fiber-powered connectivity to homes, businesses

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 10 min ago
  The emergence of fiber-powered internet has accelerated recently, powering up homes and enterprises with high-speed internet that boosts productivity and provides optimum entertainment to users.   With the increasing need for fast internet, Converge ICT---a provider of world-class ICT products and personalized services to customers in the Philippines---rolls out next-generation broadband services that are set to improve lives and empower enterprises.   Converge ICT develops relevant and world-class solutions for its clients, creating productive working environments for businesses and optimizing home entertainment for every internet use at home. &nbs...

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Seipi inducts new member

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 16 min ago
  Converge ICT, a provider of world-class ICT products and personalized services to customers in the Philippines, was recently inducted as one of the newest members of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (Seipi) during the organization's 125th general membership meeting held at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug City, Cebu.   Converge Chief Operating Officer Jesus Romero attended the said event as a representative of the company. He said that both Converge ICT and Seipi aim to contribute innovations in order to uplift the electronics industry and be at par with the global setting.   "We are honored to be a member of ...

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Show up or shut up, House prober tells De Lima

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 28 min ago
  The chair of the House committee investigating Sen. Leila de Lima's alleged ties to drug lords at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has challenged the former justice secretary to appear at the next hearing to defend herself.   Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, a former colleague of De Lima in the Liberal Party and now a member of President Duterte's PDP-Laban party, said the junior senator should stop speaking ill of the House inquiry and accept its invitation to testify.   De Lima, a staunch critic of Mr. Duterte's bloody war on drugs, has refused to appear at the House inquiry, questioning the credibility of its witnesses, including alleged drug lords and...

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Expats find PH ideal for love life

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 32 min ago
It's the best place to find a match made in heaven, get closer to the one you love or create a cozy love nest.   The Philippines is among the world's most attractive destination for expatriates seeking a healthier love life and social life even though many other countries offer much more in earning opportunity, career challenges or quality of life.   According to the 2016 Expat Explorer survey commissioned by British banking giant HSBC, which compared 45 destinations around the world, the Philippines ranks No. 1 overall for expats as a destination conducive to feel closer to their partners.   The country ranks fifth in offering social life for expats and ...

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